April 3rd, 2008
04:15 PM ET
12 years ago

Clinton denies telling Richardson Obama can't win

Clinton said Thursday she never said Obama can't win.

Clinton said Thursday she never said Obama can't win.

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton on Thursday disputed a report that she once told Bill Richardson she didn't think Barack Obama could win in a general election.

"I have consistently made the case that I can win because I believe I can win, and you know sometimes people draw the conclusion I'm saying somebody else can't win," she said at a Burbank, California press conference.

Pressed further if she had said Obama can't win, Clinton said, "That's a no."

Earlier Thursday, citing sources with “direct knowledge of the conversation,” ABC News reported Clinton once told Richardson, "He [Obama] cannot win, Bill. He cannot win."

UPDATE: A Hillary Clinton staffer tells reporters covering her campaign that the New York senator did not correctly hear the follow up question about whether or not she once told Bill Richardson she didn't think Barack Obama could win in a general election. The aide said Clinton thought she was being asked if she would divulge the private conversation that she had with Richardson and answered no.


Filed under: Bill Richardson • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (297 Responses)
  1. Eagan

    How do you know Hillary is lying?
    WHEN HER MOUTH STARTS TO MOVE

    April 3, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  2. Kathy Jourgeson

    Has anyone thought to ask John McCain about his plans for handling domestic issues such as school lunch programs, the homeless, healthcare and education. He has not made one mention about issues that REAL americans care about. Also, he has not reached out to the African American population. He has not invited any prominent minorities to the table to discuss issues important to them. I am white but have many African American friends. Wake up people, especially people of color if you are even considering him. This man is only concerned about the rich and the war. If you are a democrat and not happy with either Clinton or Obama, PLEASE don't vote for him. Are children are dying daily. Take a walk through any Military hospital and see the young men and woman whoose lives are forever changed. Then make a decision if we should stay in Iraq. What about people in our neighborhoods. This is a disgrace. People in this country are hungry, homeless and hurting. Let the Iraqi's take care of themselves. They are not our problem.

    April 3, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  3. Eagan

    How do you know Hillary is lying?
    AS SOON AS HER MOUTH STARTS TO MOVE

    April 3, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  4. Dave

    The longer she stays on the campaign, the more the lies uncovered from Hillary.

    Maybe it's a good idea for her to stay, her self destruction will send her out of the campaign !!!

    April 3, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  5. MP

    Hillary has stuck her foot in her mouth again. Why does she even lie at this point? You know its what she thinks. On CNN last night they were talking about Hillary is not directly speaking out against Obama 's pastor, that she was letting her camp do it. Thats not true, she said for 3 days in a row you can chose a family member but you can chose your pastor. If she was "just" answering a question from a reporter about leaving the church, she could have gave a yes or no answer. She totally wants to cut Obama down. If the democratic party would let het she would talk about Wright all day long. Whatever it takes to get elected. She lies so much she does not even realize where the lies stop and the truth begins. Busted again. She is her own worst enemy. And Clinton supporters wonder why she is treated bad?...this is why.

    April 3, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  6. ATL - Atlanta

    Hey Brian, do yourself a favor, VOTE REPUBLICAN!

    April 3, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  7. DC

    We ALL know Hillary Clinton can be trusted for her WORD, she is the most trust worthy person I have ever seen in politics, Hillary LIE? I don't beleive you, her record on truth is legendary, NOT! ROFL !

    April 3, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  8. Eric

    Why is it when Hillary has a different version of events she is automatically a liar, but when someone who supports Obama like Bill Richardson has a different version, they're always telling the truth? I'm noticing this in the comments, anyway.

    Obama supporters: he's not the straight arrow you think. Stop being so closed-minded and blinded by prospects of "change."

    April 3, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  9. KMAN

    Hey, NY STATE ... she's all yours! Nationally, WE don't want her ... now live with your mistake!

    April 3, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  10. Libertad

    She has absolutely no credibility. Who really believes Hillary anymore? The last thing we need is another dishonest person in the white house.

    April 3, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  11. Concerned Voter

    First...whoever said it is right. Obama can't win the general election.

    Even if she had said it to Richardson, she would have never meant it to be in the media. What has Obama said to his people, that is not in the media ?

    Richardson is not a man of integrity. He needs to get out of the press as he has done damage to the Dems, not Hillary or Barack.

    April 3, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  12. Madison , PA

    I bet Hillary's Healthcare plan, economic plan are Lies... I can't trust you any more...

    April 3, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  13. Ralph

    And as usual the Obama loving media twists what Hillary says
    They can't face the truth. HIllary is president matreial, scumbag O is not. Hillary 8 great years as prez. May even be better than Bill, our greatest ever prez.

    April 3, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  14. Letha, Sioux Falls, SD

    I wish some of you Obama people would actually read the story before you comment and long before you post your opinions. You sound as stupid as Obama sitting in church for 20 years and not hearing the racist, anti American rhetoric spewed by a minister. This information has been posted all over the web for a few months now.

    April 3, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  15. HP Boston

    We CANNOT win the GE with only half or even 2/3 of our number voting for our candidate.

    Therefore, we must wait until the process is completed and every state is allowed to participate in order to make sure they don't feel alienated, and of course, because we are a DEMOCRACY, people. EVERYONE's vote must be counted!!!

    With such a close race, the Clinton camp could just as easily call on Obama to step down "for the good of the party."

    April 3, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  16. DC

    Hillary lie? "Not as far as I Know" LOL

    April 3, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  17. Tammy

    Her mouth is moving but I don't hear any truths coming out.

    April 3, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  18. Meg Mackay

    Yesterday, I heard the audio of Senator Clinton saying "He cannot win" to Richardson. I heard this on a rival network (I believe it was on Dan Abrams' "Verdict" MSNBC). If you guys dig into this at all you will find this to be yet another verifiable example that she's telling untruths right and left. Please call her on it.

    P.S. Until recently I was in Hillary's camp, but both her comments praising McCain over Obama and Bill Clinton's smarmy racial-bating and raving at superdelegates in SF this week – I am OVER their politics!

    April 3, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  19. Rebecca

    It's quite believeable that she did in fact , speak these words. She might not have spoken THOSE specific words to the media and/or public, but come on.....she's been making the claim that she is the only one that can win for some time now.

    She should have learned by now that Obama is more than capable of overcoming incredible obstacles.

    YES, WE CAN HILLARY!!!

    April 3, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  20. Carol in Roseville

    It is really hard to believe a person who would crash and burn the democratic party. It's sad - she certainly will say and do anything to win.

    April 3, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  21. Lyz in DC

    Why are we talking about yet another "gotcha" moment instead or something that has a real impact on real Americans? All you've been giving us is flipflops, flaps, and fluff.

    I don't think you should choose Obama over Clinton because she got caught in a lie, or because her husband cheated on her; I think you should choose Obama over Clinton because she helped to push NAFTA through, or because she didn't read the National Intelligence Estimate.

    April 3, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  22. Patricia

    Starts to look like every time you have a conversation with the Clintons, you'd beter have a voice-recorder switched on – or as in the case of Bosnia, a vidcam

    April 3, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  23. Sara from Arizona

    These Clintons will stop at nothing for power. Lie, cheat, whatever it takes. OBAMA 08'

    April 3, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  24. Body Canada

    Hillary! you CANNOT full everyone. We are sick of you manipulation.

    April 3, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  25. Scott C

    Are you Hillary supporters out of your minds, or do you willingly ignore the facts.

    Polling shows Clinton's ratings are going down EVERY day.

    36% of people say they DON'T want Clinton to be President, 20% say the same thing about Obama. 40% don't want McCain.

    Obama has the clear advantage in EVERY rating poll. They don't trust her, they think she is divisive, they think she is too negative.

    Obama's numbers keep going up by the day.

    If Clinton was more electable then she would be winning the primaries instead of being in a distant second place.

    It is even looking like she may lose Pennsylvania.

    NO argument can be made that Clinton is more electable.

    April 3, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
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